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  1. Fibromyalgia and Diet

    If you have fibromyalgia, you've probably wondered if there are ways to modify your diet to improve symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain. Research hasn't shown that there are specific foods that all fibromyalgia patients should avoid or add to their diets. But it may still be worthwhile to take

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  2. Could Losing Weight Ease Your Arthritis Pain?

    For 12 years, Robin Lutchansky spent most of her time in a wheelchair. The pain from her severe osteoarthritis, first diagnosed in her early 30s, made it difficult to walk more than short distances. Then, a little over three years ago, Lutchansky found her way to a pain management clinic that taught

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  3. Arthritis Pain, Intimacy, and Sex

    If you have arthritis, there are plenty of reasons why you might not feel like having sex. Painful or stiff joints and limited mobility may make sex seem more like a chore than a pleasure. You may feel self conscious about changes in your body. Or you may simply feel too fatigued at the end of the d

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  4. Knee and Hip Exercises for Osteoarthritis

    The old slogan, “Move it or lose it,” applies especially to people with osteoarthritis. “Just like for anyone else, physical activity is important for overall health,” says Steffany Haaz, PhD, a health behaviorist at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. “But it’s even more important for people with a

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  5. Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Are irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia connected? It's a question many people with these chronic conditions are asking. The answer could shed light on what causes these conditions. But that answer is proving difficult to get. Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes painful muscles. The

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  6. Keep Your Joints Healthy Every Day

    Living with osteoarthritis is a long-term proposition. It’s your job to stay active and keep your joints healthy so that you can do the things you want and need to do, as independently as you can, for as long as you can. “There’s nothing that I as a physician can do to slow the progression of osteoa

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  7. Walking to Ease Knee Pain

    It's a catch-22 when you have knee pain from osteoarthritis. It hurts, so you don't want to move. But if you exercise, it can eventually make your knees feel better. "I've gone a period of time when I haven’t moved a joint much and, when I first start, it's a little bit sore," says Denver physical t

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  8. Psoriatic Arthritis: Getting the Diagnosis

    If you are one of the 7 million people in the United States who have the skin condition psoriasis, you should know the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. As many as 40 percent of people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis. We don’t completely understand the causes of psoriasis and p

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  9. Tai Chi: A Gentle Way to Help Your Joints

    Maybe your knees twinge, your hips creak, or your shoulders are stiff. There's an excellent chance that tai chi can help. This meditative martial art -- which features slow, gentle movements and deep breathing -- is a traditional Chinese mind-body practice that traces its roots back thousands of yea

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  10. How to Strengthen Your Joints

    As you age, you lose muscle and bone mass, which can lead to joint problems. Building and maintaining joint strength now can help you stay active and ward off problems down the road. Exercise improves bone density and keeps the muscles that surround your joints strong, says A. Lynn Millar, PhD, prof

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